Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a coup injury?

2. How does Baden prove the bullet went into John Connally sideways?

3. What did Baden recommend to the MIA team?

4. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

5. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

2. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

3. Explain how Baden used the digestive system to determine time of death in the Hendricks case.

4. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

5. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

6. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

7. Explain why doctors believed Sunny von Bulow was suffering from low blood sugar on her arrival the third time at the hospital, in spite of EMT belief that she was suffering an overdose.

8. What are the ways mentioned in Chapter Six to identify a body?

9. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

10. Explain the situation that causes some teenagers and adults to accidentally commit suicide by hanging during sexual experimentation.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Baden closes the novel by noting that the system is failing, and has been failing for some time. Why does he say this? What does he attribute as the cause of this failure? What are some things he thinks can help fix the situation? Do you agree these things are important? Why or why not? After reading the novel, do you think forensic medicine, and the role of the ME, are important? Why? What power do they have? What are their responsibilities, and why are these important?

Essay Topic 2

The novel discusses additional methods to deteremine time of death, those of the potassium eye test and the use of the digestive system.

Part 1) List each method, and discuss, in detail, how that method helps determine the time of death.

Part 2) Compare and contrast the methods. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 3) Compare these methods with rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis. Why are these methods sometimes needed? What benefit do these methods have that the others do not? Be sure to explain your answer using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

John Belushi died of an overdose of heroin, according to Baden. Cathy Smith admits to giving Belushi the drugs, although she disagrees with his time of death, or that her specific injection caused his death. Regardless of these facts, do you think that, even if Cathy had injected Belushi's final dose, that her act constituted a crime? Why or why not? What does Baden say about most drug injection murder cases? Why did Belushi's case differ? Did Belushi's record of massive drug addiction predispose him to die of an overdose, regardless of who injected him? Why or why not?

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